Sermons

“Let the year end and its curses”

Ki Tavo 5779 - Rav Elisha Friedman | September, 26 2019

Ki Tavo starts off unassuming, but turns to a lengthy litany of curses which will befall the Jews should they abandon the ways of the Torah. This section is referred …

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Reviewing or Relearning

Vaeschanan 5779 - Rav Elisha Friedman | September, 26 2019

This morning we read the Ten Commandments. Of course, this is not the first time we are hearing it, and I’m not referring to my hope that all of the …

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Torah Study as Community Building

Yitro 5779 - Rav Elisha Friedman | January, 31 2019

We read this morning the highlight of Jewish history. God appears to the Jews on Mt. Sinai and gives them the Torah – the rules and ideas which will now …

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Rabbi Eliezer Silver

Rav Eliezer Silver – in Remembrance

Bo 5780 - Rav Elisha Friedman | January, 31 2019

This Tuesday is the yahrtzeit of Rav Eliezer Silver, founding rabbi of our shul and one of the greatest rabbinic figures in American Jewish history. Although it would be better …

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Chanukah and the Non-Observant

Miketz 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | December, 10 2018

In a NY Times Op-Ed for this Chanukah, “The Hypocrisy of Chanukah” (Dec. 1, 2018) we read of a Jewish novelist – Michael David Lukas’ – soul searching regarding the …

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Undeserved Blessings

Vayeitzei 5779 - Rav Elisha Friedman | November, 19 2018

I don’t think there’s a better parsha to celebrate a birth than Vayetzei – filled as it is with births and baby namings. And we’re glad that here at KI …

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Facing Tragedy

Toldot 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | November, 12 2018

This week we are gathered to celebrate a wonderfully happy occasion for our community – the aufruf and upcoming marriage of X, who grew up in our shul and reflects …

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Jews of All Stripes

Lech Lecha 5780 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | October, 22 2018

If I were to poll the people in this room regarding their definition of Judaism, most answers would likely involve halacha, Jewish law, in some way. Judaism, as we think …

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Living in Tough Times

Noach 5779 - Rabbi Elisha Friedman | October, 15 2018

This morning feels more serious than usual, and for obvious reason. As most everyone, if not all, people here are aware, this past Thursday night just a few blocks from …

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